Now? Now I’ve just signed a contract with GritFiction Ltd (Better known to most of you as Darren Sant and Craig Douglas the brains behind Near to the Knuckle) to publish my second short story collection, Urban Decay. And, I could not be happier about it! We’ve been discussing it for about a week and it’s been really hard keeping it under wraps but now the news is out I want to shout it from the rooftops. I’ll be the first author, other than the men themselves, have anything published by this new venture and so it’s a great honour (and a little bit daunting) that they picked me. And, when I say they picked me they really did… I always send my work to Darren when, he’s a safe pair of eyes and a writer I have so much time for so it’s good to get his opinion on what I’m doing. I sent him Urban Decay for the once over, it went quiet for a while and then out of the blue he emailed me asking if I’d be interested in being their first author – an absolute honour for me. Near to the Knuckle is an important mag for me, it’s been so supportive so being part of this now means the world to me – I don’t want to go on here about it, but I’ll certainly be saying more about it on my site over the coming days.
PDB: How did you research this book?
This book is a collection of short stories, I’ve written a number this year, but I wanted to theme his so have only included stories that I think talk to the title, Urban Decay. I’m not sure researching is the right word for what I do when I write a short, it tends to be that I’m inspired by something or hit by an idea and I have to start writing. That said, I rarely know everything about the subjects I’m writing and so my internet search history over the past year includes, luxury watchmakers (I’m sure Daz and Craig will be buying me one as part of my signing on fee!), boxing glove weights, work related stress symptoms etc…
I’ll be most proud of this one when it’s out!
But before that it has to be my story in Gloves Off the first Near to the Knuckle Anthology. I was the first person to have a story confirmed for that particular collection and it’s a great collection of truly talented people, having my name on that list of talent really made me feel like I’d achieved something when I saw the line up.
PDB: What’s your favourite film/ book/ song/ television programme?
Film – Tough one and it changes regularly with my mood. I love a super-hero movie, Superman is a favourite, I love a good crime story, obviously, and so I’m a big fan of the likes of Goodfellas, Casino, Carlito’s Way, Get Carter etc… But if I really think about it I think I’d have to say Rocky. I know that the sequels have sort of blackened the name (although I actually really enjoy them) but it’s a great film, well written, there’s grit there’s love and it’s not afraid to give you an ending you weren’t expecting (Spoiler alert for anyone who’s been under a stone for 40 years) because Rocky loses.
Book – The Big Blowdown by George Pelecanos. The greatest writer living today, Pelecanos writes big stories about little lives and this book is a bit of an epic by his standards, just brilliant
Song – Again, difficult to pick just one but let’s go with People Get Ready by Curtis Mayfield… Just too cool.
TV – Dexter, The Sopranos, Ray Donovan, Entourage, Californication are all up there but at the moment I can’t look further than Peaky Blinders, now that’s Brit Grit
PDB: Is location important to your writing?
As a rule, no. I write short stories I don’t have the words to tell you about the locations. I have a little rule (that I occasionally break) unless someone’s head is about to get smashed into a wall or a table I don’t need a description of the wall or the table. That said, I do occasionally use location as a character in a book. I’m writing something at the moment that’s set in Las Vegas and part of setting it in Vegas is because the character of Las Vegas is important to the story.
PDB: How often do you check your Amazon rankings?
Daily, on the hour, every hour for the rest of my life…
PDB: What’s next?
I’ve got to finish off Urban Decay, or I’ll have Darren and Craig on my back and you don’t want to tussle with them, I’ve read their stuff they scare me! I also have a story I’m working on for another project that I’m really excited to be have been asked to be a part of. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say too much about it, but all I will say is that I’m excited by the names being linked with it and hope I can write something that is up to muster
Bio: Aidan Thorn is from Southampton, England, home of the Spitfire and Matthew Le Tissier but sadly more famous for Craig David and being the place the Titanic left from before sinking. Aidan would like to put Southampton on the map for something more than bad R ‘n’ B and sinking ships. His short fiction has appeared in the Byker Books Radgepacket series, the Near to the Knuckle Anthology: Gloves Off, Exiles: An Outsider Anthology, The Big Adios Western Digest and Shadows & Light as well as online at Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers, Thrills, Kills and Chaos, Near to the Knuckle, Pulp Metal Magazine, Shotgun Honey and Spelk Fiction. His first short story collection, Criminal Thoughts is available on Amazon now and his second collection will be published by GritFiction in 2015